Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

by Robert C. Pozen


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Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert C. Pozen

“Required reading for professionals—and aspiring professionals—of all levels.”
—Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Former Chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

“Read this book if you want to learn how to run efficient and effective meetings—or how to avoid them altogether.”
—J. Michael Cook, Director of Comcast and IFF, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Deloitte

Robert C. Pozen, one of the business world’s most successful—and productive—executives, reveals the surprising secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. Extreme Productivity is an essential handbook for every business professional, empowering them with proven methods for prioritizing efficiently and maximizing time at work, while leading a full and productive personal life as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062188533
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 405,503
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ROBERT C. POZEN is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was chairman of MFS Investment Management and vice chairman of Fidelity Investments. He served on President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security and was also secretary of economic affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was associate general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. The author of six books, Pozen lives with his wife in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part I Three Big Ideas 1

1 Set and Prioritize Your Goals 3

2 Focus on the Final Product 21

3 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff 35

Part II Productivity Every Day 49

4 Your Daily Routine 51

5 Traveling Lightly 69

6 Efficient Meetings 85

Part III Developing Personal Skills 101

7 Reading Effectively 103

8 Writing Effectively 119

9 Speaking Effectively 139

Part IV Managing Up and Down 157

10 Managing Your Team 159

11 Managing Your Boss 177

Part V Pursuing a Productive Life 193

12 Maximizing Your Career Options over a Lifetime 195

13 Embrace Change but Stay the Same 211

14 Balancing Home and Work 227

Epilogue 241

Appendix 1 The Big Idea: The Case for Professional Boards 245

Appendix 2 Speech by Robert Pozen to the Boston Bar Foundation (2000) 255

Notes 259

What People are Saying About This

J. Michael Cook

“Read this book if you want to learn how to run efficient and effective meetings-or how to avoid them altogether. Bob really knows how to lead a discussion, get the group engaged, and drive to a consensus on what to do.”

Charlene Barshefsky

“This book is a must read for overwhelmed professionals. It gives you tips and tools to accomplish more on a daily basis and to make better choices about your career.”

David Calhoun

“Personal productivity requires you to focus on the most important tasks rather than spending your time on busy work or small wins. If you want to learn how to raise your game, look no further than Extreme Productivity.”

Martin Feldstein

“Bob Pozen’s prodigious output is extraordinary. Read this book to learn how he does it all in a 24-hour day.”

Shirley Ann Jackson

“It’s impossible to get ahead in today’s knowledge economy without knowing how to read, write, and speak effectively. Pozen’s tips on these three subjects alone are enough to make Extreme Productivity required reading for professionals-and aspiring professionals-of all levels.”

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Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
White-collar employees are working harder than ever. Many get to their offices early, leave late, work through lunch and stay at their desks over the weekends and on holidays. Yet these workers are often minimally productive. Robert C. Pozen, a former CEO who lectures on management issues at Harvard Business School, offers solutions for this dilemma in this sensible manual about time management, productivity and focus. His advice, which particularly applies to knowledge workers, is sound and generally useful. It seems like common sense, not new or flashy, but Pozen is good at helping you build confidence by establishing concrete processes. getAbstract recommends Pozen’s helpful guide to professionals, managers, knowledge workers and all who want to boost their time management and productivity skills.
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